A new study showing that playing elite rugby could lead to changes in the structure of the brain and highlights the importance of the security measures that are being applied. The RFU of England has already made decisions and invested with the Premiership to continue solving this problem.
More than a fifth of the elite players who participated in Imperial College’s Drake Rugby biomarker study showed signs of brain white matter abnormalities.
Rugby Players Association Executive Director Damian Hopley admitted the report’s findings “will scare certain players”, despite being convinced the game may remain on the investigative and safety end of shocks. cerebral.
England’s Rugby Football Union announced a series of new measures to reduce head impact and concussion risks, joining forces with Premiership Rugby to invest nearly £ 2.5 million in brain evaluations and care for former players.
“Clearly it will be a headline that will scare certain players. But we have to take this in the round of what is currently happening, and make sure that we are looking at all the available research and getting informed responses. “
The Drake Rugby Biomarker Study investigated 44 elite rugby players between July 2017 and September 2019. All 41 male players and three female players underwent MRIs, and nearly half had a second scan a year later.
The results revealed that 23% of those tested showed abnormalities in brain cells, and the research was carried out in collaboration with University College London.